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# Trolley Watch
'It's a wake-up call': 73 children on trolleys in emergency depts so far this year
The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Association has just launched a new trolley watch system – where it counts how many children are on trolleys in EDs.
# Overcrowding
Varadkar doesn't want anyone to face 'indignity' caused by waiting on a trolley
The Taoiseach said he was speaking as both a doctor and a grandson whose grandmother is “regularly in and out of hospital”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should it be mandatory for health professionals to get the flu jab?
Just one in three nurses have received the vaccination.
# Vaccine
Just one third of hospital nurses have had the flu jab despite raffles and free coffee incentives
The HSE ran a campaign over the last few months to encourage healthcare workers to get the vaccine.
More than 2,400 people on trolleys in first week of 2018
Nursing representatives met with HSE officials earlier today to see how hospital overcrowding can be reduced.
# Overcrowding
'No effort being spared' says Health Minister after trolley numbers reach record high
A record high of 656 people were waiting on trolleys as 2018 began, according to the INMO.
'Detrimental and harmful': There were over 80,000 people on hospital trolleys so far this year
The INMO said the overcrowding situation is having a “serious, detrimental and harmful effect” on patients.
# public service pay
Union recommends nurses back public service pay deal to roll back recession measures
The recommendation comes after the union received clarifications from the Department of Public Expenditure.
# St Finbarr's
'It has left the hospital decimated': INMO warns of severe nursing shortage at Cork hospital
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has claimed the safe care and dignity of residents is now at risk.
# Simon Harris
Calls for patients to give feedback on their experience in Irish hospitals
Overcrowding in Irish hospitals increased in the first three months of 2017.
# record high
There were over 50,000 people on hospital trolleys in the first six months of 2017
The INMO said that this was further evidence that our health service “simply cannot cope with the demands”.
# full time whistle
Simon Harris commits to giving graduating Irish student nurses full-time contracts
Staffing and retention are two key issues that nearly led to industrial action in the nursing sector earlier this year.
# record highs
These are the most overcrowded hospitals in the country
There’s been an improvement in Dublin, but things are getting worse in other counties.
# stable condition
Crisis averted? 1,200 nurses and midwives to be hired by end of year
Health Minister Simon Harris has said that the measures offer nurses and midwives “enhanced opportunities to advance their careers”.
# deferral
Nurses have deferred industrial action planned for Tuesday
The INMO says it will ballot on WRC recommendations.
# work-to-rule
Nurses' union agrees to meet with Workplace Relations Commission - but work-to-rule is still on
Over 30,000 INMO members are set to work-to-rule next Tuesday, 7 March.
# Poll
Poll: Do you support the nurses taking industrial action?
A number of days of industrial action are scheduled to take place next month.
# Hospital overcrowding
'If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it'
What do doctors and nurses want done to tackle hospital overcrowding and record numbers on trolleys? More beds, for starters.
# where does it hurt?
'Sick and tired': Why Ireland's' nurses are leaving in their droves
‘Recruitment freezes, a lack of respect and better options elsewhere’.
# Perfect Storm
Paramedics 'disturbed' over delays bringing patients to Emergency Departments
Siptu members said today that delays of between one and three hours have been observed across the country.
# Health
There are currently 612 people waiting for beds in Irish hospitals
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) says it sets a new record.
# Strike
"We've had enough": Nurses have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action
The industrial action – including one-day stoppages – will begin in February.
# call the midwife
'Disillusioned and concerned': Midwives to start industrial action over staff shortages
They have voted in favour of action up to and including the complete withdrawal of labour.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Nursing union leader Liam Doran's claims about the Irish health service
The INMO General Secretary made a series of claims on Claire Byrne Live this week. Here’s our FactCheck roundup.
# Apology
HSE boss apologises after leaked memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force"
Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the rescinded memo was “utterly offensive and unacceptable”.
Questions raised after memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force"
Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the rescinded memo was “utterly offensive and unacceptable”.
# trouble and strike
More unions line up to question Lansdowne Road as all-out industrial strife looms
Bodies representing thousands of workers are calling for talks following the offer made to gardaí.
# winter of discontent
Over 500 schools to close today kicking off a season of strikes
Teachers are not the only group set to strike over the coming weeks.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be mandatory jail terms for people who assault medical staff?
Frontline employees have to work in very difficult environments.
# Tired of battling
"In Ireland, you're like a zombie by the end of the week": Irish nurse on why she's working in Australia
A registered nurse in their first year would earn €200 less per week in Ireland than a nurse in the same position in Australia.
# quality of care
The 'pressure cooker' healthcare system and other reasons why nurses are travelling abroad
“There are better opportunities, there’s a greater respect for the nurse’s role, the work and pay conditions are better, and the lifestyle is freer.”
# Ballot to strike
'We aren't nurses anymore: we are slaves' - Irish nurses explain why they've had enough
A post from a student nurse has gone viral for how it portrays the many difficulties of working in the Irish health sector.
# slow recovery
The hospital trolley problem is getting better, slowly
There’s a marked difference between Dublin and the rest of the country.
There were more patients on trolleys last month than in any July in the past decade
However, in a statement to, the HSE disputed the INMO narrative, saying that the trolley count for yesterday showed an an overall reduction compared to the same date last year.
# Parking Row
Nurses 'seeking employment elsewhere' after they say St James's Hospital took their parking
Over 100 INMO members met last Thursday and condemned the actions of management.
# Industrial Action
Will there be a summer of strikes? There's trouble brewing on several fronts
2016 has not been a good year for industrial relations.
# staffing crisis
Irish nurses are abused so often that many don't bother reporting it
INMO’s 97th Annual Delegate Conference kicks off tomorrow morning.
# Overcrowding
Patients left lying on trolleys while 40-bed unit remains vacant at nearby hospital
Yesterday there were 20 patients on trolleys at Tipperary General Hospital.
# Out the door
Foreign hospitals are looking to hire Irish nurses this weekend
And the INMO says many are going to go.
# Crisis Talks
Nurses to be hired "as matter of urgency" to reduce emergency department overcrowding
The decision was made at the Workplace relations Commission today.